Tools and resources

We work closely with stakeholders to develop a range of evidence-based tools and resources to inform policy and practice. We greatly appreciate feedback about how you are using them and how we can improve their relevance and impact. 


CARDAT Platform

The Clean Air and health Research Data and Analysis Technology (CARDAT) is the Centre’s online data sharing and analysis platform.

It is an online research platform that collates a wide array of population, health and environmental datasets with a collection of analysis tools and methodology resources. This IT infrastructure enables easy data sharing, reuse, and reproducible data analysis.

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Resource Library

Air pollution is the single greatest environmental cause of preventable disease and premature death in the world today. It ranks alongside unhealthy diets, inadequate physical activity, and tobacco smoking, as a major global risk factor for mortality. Globally, air pollution is responsible for approximately 7 million premature deaths each year. In Australia annual mortality is conservatively estimated to be more than 3,200 with a cost greater than AUD $6.2 billion from years of life lost. However, the full health and social impacts are much more extensive. This report explains why the effects of air pollution are so far reaching and, equally, why coordinated action to make air safer is one of the best investments in Australian health.
The devastating health impacts of exposure to dust from engineered stone are now well recognised with a ban on engineered stone introduced in late 2023. However, with new research finding lung damaging elements in even low-silica and silica-free products, this may not be the end of the story. In this free public webinar Professor Graeme Zosky (Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Centre for Safe Air) and Sharna Mathieu (The Lung Foundation) discuss the complex issues that surround occupational exposure to dust from stone products. The discussion facilitated by Dr Nur Sabrina Idrose (University of Melbourne, Centre for Safe Air).
The Centre for Safe Air advocates for a stringent FES emissions reduction strategy to confer the greatest health benefits for Australians. The Consultation Impact Analysis found that the health benefits of cleaner air associated with Option C ($6.75 billion) are nearly 20% greater than Option B ($5.53 billion). Even subtracting the predicted costs, Option C provides the greatest aggregate benefit to Australians: $18.44 billion more than Option B.
Webinar flyer, image of Fay Johnston
Bushfire smoke, Climate change
As Australians, we think about landscape fires primarily in terms of bushfire disasters. But this is only part of the picture. In this webinar Fay Johnston, Director of the Centre for Safe Air and Professor at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, presented a lecture titled: Climate change, landscape fires, and human health: understanding fire phenotypes. A newly published global synthesis led by Professor Johnston describes seven ‘phenotypes’ of landscape fire around the world, each with distinct patterns in their health and environmental impacts. In this talk, Professor Johnston explains how a more nuanced model of landscape fire can help us to design interventions at individual, community, and regional levels to maximise the benefits and minimise the harms associated with fire in the landscape. Dr Amanda Wheeler chaired the session and moderated an open discussion on the subject.
COVID-19, Indoor air quality
COVID-19, like other respiratory viral infections, is primarily transmitted in small airborne particles that carry the virus and are emitted during all human activities related to respiration (1). Particles are emitted during speech, coughing, sneezing, exercise or also quiet breathing. The particles are small enough to remain airborne for prolonged periods, especially in poorly ventilated indoor environments, and be transmitted long distances. Hence, the presence of one or more people with COVID-19 in an indoor environment places all persons who share the air in that indoor space at risk of infection. Airborne transmission is the main mechanism of transmission of COVID-19, including ‘super spreader’ events (1,2). Despite confusing and sometimes misleading public health messages (3), preventive measures to mitigate the airborne transmission of COVID-19 became an important and effective part of the public health response to COVID. These measures included mask mandates, restrictions on indoor gathering, requirements for enhanced ventilation for indoor settings, and air filtration in health care facilities, schools, aged care facilities and other high risk indoor environments. However, these were essentially emergency measures. The most effective interventions to reduce the severity and cost of future pandemics involve continuously improving indoor air quality (IAQ) for all Australians, with co-benefits for reducing the health and economic burden of indoor air pollution more generally.
Bushfire smoke, Fact sheet
Smoke is an important health risk associated with bushfires. Here is what you can do before, during and after a bushfire to stay safe.
Past event
Watch a recording of our 9 October webinar co-hosted with The Heart Foundation featuring two of Australia’s leading cardiologists: Professor Garry Jennings AO (Chief Medical Officer of the Heart Foundation) and Professor Kazuaki Negishi (Head of Medicine at Sydney Medical School Nepean, Sydney University). The event was facilitated by Professor Jane Heyworth from the University of Western Australia.
Image of trucks on a highway driving through a yellow field.
In this submission, the Centre for Safe Air provides expert advice regarding the 'Non-Road Diesel Engines Noxious Emission Standards Impact Analysis'.
Given the Centre’s remit, our response to the Strategy is provided in the context of our core focus on clean air. In principle, the Centre supports much of the Strategy content. The Strategy rightly attempts to tackle issues related to the health sector as an energy user and greenhouse gas emissions contributor, as well as the broader need for the health sector to advocate for and engage on programs which relate to public health protection from the effects of climate change. However, each of these require very different solutions, policies, programs and actions. The Centre feels that the Strategy, in draft form, omits important detail from both of these domains.
There is clear evidence that long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes


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